The Youth wing of apex Igbo socio cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan, of failing to fulfill numerous promises he made to the Igbo nation in the build up to the 2011 presidential election.
The body made up of all youth organisations in the South-East zone, said it is highly disappointed with President Jonathan, and all Igbo people working with him.
The organization, regretted that despite the fact that Ndigbo, gave President Jonathan about 98% of their votes in the 2011 presidential polls, following the promises he made to them, the people of south east have continued to suffer neglect by the federal government under his watch.
The body made its feelings known in a communiqué it issued after an emergency meeting on the 2015 elections in Enugu.
A copy of the communique, tagged “A stitch in time saves nine.”
which was made available to news men in Enugu was jointly signed by its Deputy National president, Mazi Arthur Obiora, and Deputy national publicity secretary, Obinna Adibe.
The youths however, warned that it would seek an “alternative” if the President did not address outstanding issues in his relationship with the Igbo.
The body, also expressed anger at the President’s failure to keep his promise of revamping the coal industry in Enugu. They are also displeased that the Federal Government is constructing the Second Niger Bridge through a public/private partnership arrangement.
“Yet, our genuine demands, including the revitalisation of the Enugu Colliery/ construction of a coal fired power plant, construction of the Azumini seaport, acceleration of the dredging/expansion of the Port Harcourt and Calabar seaports, the exploration of the oil deposits of the Orashi and Anambra River Basins, etc have been ignored.
“The issue of ravaging unemployment which has hung most dangerously on Igbo youths has not been addressed till date, yet hundreds of billions of naira has been spent to empower Ijaw youths through the amnesty programme and other Federal Government jobs and initiatives.
“What have Igbo youths done wrong to be so neglected?”
It added, “The Akanu Ibiam International airport, Enugu, the only significant project the President executed in the South-East after over five years is only international in name, not in practice since it is yet to get to international standards in terms of runway length and other critical infrastructure.
“Hence, major international airlines in the world have shunned it.
“The Second Niger Bridge has become enmeshed in controversy – it is the only Federal Government bridge that will have a toll gate, whereas President Obasanjo kindly abolished toll gates about 10 years ago.
“So far, only N10bn, i.e. 7.6 per cent of the total contract sum of N130bn, has been purportedly released.
“Also, the cost of the bridge has increased by over 300 per cent while the completion date has been shifted from 18 months to 48 months (four years) it stated